IN Williamstown, Mass. next week, one of the newest U.S. art museums will celebrate its first anniversary by opening its handsome new central court, one of the most ingenious exhibition rooms ever devised. To keep the light at ideal brilliance, the 76-ft.-by-54-ft. skylight ceiling has a photoelectric device which automatically adjusts louvers if the sun is too bright, turns on cold cathode light tubes as sunlight fades.

Such luxury and attention to detail reflect the taste of the museum's founders, Singer Sewing Machine Heir Robert Sterling Clark, 79, and his French-born wife Francine. Seven years ago the publicity-shy Clarks, best known for...

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